by Adam Manno
I hold that in the present state of civilization, where two races of different origin, and distinguished by color, and other physical differences, as well as intellectual, are brought together, the relation now existing in the slaveholding States between the two, is, instead of an evil, a good–a positive good.
"There could be a place so people who want to go see it can go see it, maybe in a museum," he said. "I got arrested right there in front of that statue four times, demonstrating during [the civil rights movement] when I was 14 years old, making sure everyone was in the same playing field.
"This is not the way the city of Charleston works, not for us. You couldn't sit in a restaurant, you couldn’t go in the restroom, you couldn’t even go to Fort Sumter and drink the water out of the fountain. [Calhoun] was one who did not want to abolish slavery."
The Heritage Act of 2000 prevents the relocation of a Civil War monument without a two-thirds vote from the state House and Senate.
Mayor Tecklenburg ended the impromptu discussion of the plaque by reading a memo addressed to the Council by Citadel history professor Dr. Millicent Brown and civil rights attorney Armand Derfner.
"I thought it would be good idea if you could read the letter, maybe they didn’t have a chance to see," said council member Keith Waring.
The memo proposed that members vote to defer a decision on the plaque for one year while the city creates a "city-sponsored and monitored action initiative" to study what the statue means to various sectors of the community.
"For right now, we're going to continue to defer this matter," Tecklenburg said after reading the letter.Jack O'Toole, a spokesperson for the mayor's office, said that members of Council have "expressed a sense that [the memo] was thoughtful."